Trying to sell a great house in a bad San Antonio neighborhood can be extremely frustrating. If your perfectly nice house has been sitting on the market for months, don’t lose heart. These tips for selling a house in a bad location are the result of our years of experience in the real estate business. Following these simple steps can make all the difference in quickly selling a property you no longer want to own.
Make sure to trim any overgrown landscaping—especially if it blocks sunlight from your windows. And remember that low-hanging tree limbs and large bushes can make your house appear smaller than it is.
Get rid of the clutter as if you were moving out tomorrow. You won’t miss it, and the house will seem larger to potential buyers. Clean the toilet bowls until that old porcelain shines. Clean every surface—especially in bathrooms and the kitchen.
Paint over any wallpaper with a light neutral color. Paint or varnish the front door. Add some fresh flowers and plants—inside and out. And arrange your furniture to emphasize your home’s best features.
Sometimes neighbors don’t keep up their yards. If you have such a neighbor, offer to cut their grass cut until your house sells.
Take a little time and study what first-time homebuyers want when looking for a house in your market area. Emphasize anything about your home that would appeal to those buyers. As an example, buyers like daylight. So if your house has lots of large windows, get rid of the old window coverings. First-time buyers don’t usually have the money available to purchase their dream house. So they might compromise by purchasing your home, if they can see its potential.
Your neighborhood has some problems—as is evident to any potential buyer. But be sure to remind potential buyers of any advantages of the area, such as proximity to amenities. And fully disclose any problems with your house. Otherwise, a buyer might assume you are hiding something.
Hold open houses whenever possible. They generate local interest. And that curious neighbor could become an interested buyer when they see the potential of your home.
The main selling point of your house is an attractive price. Don’t go overboard in spending when getting the house ready to sell. It’s essential to have enough financial room to reduce your price to any interested buyer.
For buyers who don’t have established credit, owner financing is a big selling point. So if the house is paid off, consider offering owner financing.
San Antonio Cash Home Buyers knows all about the city’s neighborhoods. For years, we’ve purchased property in any condition and any area of the town. Even a crack house across the street will not deter us from buying your home. Our quick and reliable service is second-to-none in the city.
You don’t have to spend any time or money fixing up your house when selling to us. And don’t worry about the bad neighborhood. Regardless of the area, we buy houses in any condition.
Regarding any paperwork, we take care of all of the details and prepare all of the documents. All you have to do is sign and date a few pages. The rest of the paperwork is on us.
We complete real estate deals quickly. Within 24 hours of contacting us, you will have an offer. And after signing our purchase agreement, in less than a month, you will have cash for your home.
We don’t waste your time with the loan approval. We already have the cash available whenever we give you our offer. Because our business model is based on cash transactions, the process is quick and easy.
At closing, you can expect to get every dollar we agreed to in our cash offer. We take care of all of the closing costs. And you won’t be surprised by any hidden fees.
With the median home price in the neighborhood under $45,000, it’s easy to find affordable housing. But an unemployment rate of over 8% and a crime rate twice that of the national average make the area an unpopular place to live.
This neighborhood is densely populated, with an unemployment rate of over 9%. While housing prices are low, crime is rampant. The crime rate is over four times the national average—making it an undesirable area.
Failing schools make this neighborhood undesirable. Great Schools gives Houston High School and Davis Middle School a 2 out of 10 rating. Cameron Elementary did a little better with a 3 out of 10 rating. Both property crimes and violent crimes in the area are three times the national average.
United Homeowners and Skyline Park share the same poorly-rated schools. Crime in the area is so high that it outpaces the national crime rate by 500%. Poor quality schools, crime, and rampant unemployment make this neighborhood one of the least desirable in San Antonio.
According to Neighborhood Scout, single mother homes are usually indicative of a high rate of school dropouts, poverty, and crime. The area surrounding the intersection of Rigsby Avenue and Southwest West White Road has one of the highest concentrations of single mother households in the U.S. In Dellcrest Forrest, 59% of the children live in poverty—more than double the national average.
This neighborhood has some nice homes, but property crime is five times the national average, according to areavibe.com. And violent crime is even worse—more than seven times the national average. Add the poorly-rated schools to its list of problems, and this neighborhood ranks among the worst in San Antonio.